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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Umayyad Mosque, Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Tekkiye Mosque, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Nur Al-Din Madrasa, Darwish Pasha Mosque, Aqsab Mosque, Hanabila Mosque, Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Nabi Habeel M Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Umayyad Mosque, Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Tekkiye Mosque, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Nur Al-Din Madrasa, Darwish Pasha Mosque, Aqsab Mosque, Hanabila Mosque, Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Nabi Habeel Mosque. Excerpt: Aqsab Mosque The Aqsab Mosque (Arabic:, transliteration: Jami al-Aqsab ) is an Ayyubid -era mosque in Damascus, Syria, located in the vicinity of Bab al-Salam, on Suq Sarouja . History The mosque was built by Ayyubid king Al-Ashraf in 1234. It is believed to have been built over a Byzantine church. Under Mamluk rule, the mosque was enlarged to accommodate larger crowds in 1321, and in 1408 it was largely rebuilt on a larger scale by Nassir al-Din Muhammad bin Ibrahim Ben Manjak. Renovations took place in 1450 and 1495. Architecture The mosque is composed of a prayer hall giving onto a courtyard and a square minaret attached to its east wall. Interior The mihrab on the qibla wall is a pointed arched niche, covered with a semi dome set in an intricately decorated rectangular frame. Its semi dome and crown arch are built of alternating white and yellow stones, while the lower part of the niche is built with yellow stone only. Its arch rests on two marble columns on each side carrying muqarnas capitals. The lower part of the niche is decorated with three blind niches composed of porphyry and gray marble inlaid with turquoise ceramics and mother of pearl. A Quranic inscription painted in gold runs along the bottom of the mihrab semi-dome . A large inscriptive medallion framed in stone sits above the keystone of the mihrab arch, whose spandrels bear marble discs covered with gilt floral motifs on stone, surrounded by tile mosaics. Two similar golden discs adorn either side of the mihrab, framed by geometric compositions. Above the mihrab are three windows with painted wooden fra...


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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Umayyad Mosque, Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Tekkiye Mosque, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Nur Al-Din Madrasa, Darwish Pasha Mosque, Aqsab Mosque, Hanabila Mosque, Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Nabi Habeel M Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Umayyad Mosque, Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Tekkiye Mosque, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Nur Al-Din Madrasa, Darwish Pasha Mosque, Aqsab Mosque, Hanabila Mosque, Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Nabi Habeel Mosque. Excerpt: Aqsab Mosque The Aqsab Mosque (Arabic:, transliteration: Jami al-Aqsab ) is an Ayyubid -era mosque in Damascus, Syria, located in the vicinity of Bab al-Salam, on Suq Sarouja . History The mosque was built by Ayyubid king Al-Ashraf in 1234. It is believed to have been built over a Byzantine church. Under Mamluk rule, the mosque was enlarged to accommodate larger crowds in 1321, and in 1408 it was largely rebuilt on a larger scale by Nassir al-Din Muhammad bin Ibrahim Ben Manjak. Renovations took place in 1450 and 1495. Architecture The mosque is composed of a prayer hall giving onto a courtyard and a square minaret attached to its east wall. Interior The mihrab on the qibla wall is a pointed arched niche, covered with a semi dome set in an intricately decorated rectangular frame. Its semi dome and crown arch are built of alternating white and yellow stones, while the lower part of the niche is built with yellow stone only. Its arch rests on two marble columns on each side carrying muqarnas capitals. The lower part of the niche is decorated with three blind niches composed of porphyry and gray marble inlaid with turquoise ceramics and mother of pearl. A Quranic inscription painted in gold runs along the bottom of the mihrab semi-dome . A large inscriptive medallion framed in stone sits above the keystone of the mihrab arch, whose spandrels bear marble discs covered with gilt floral motifs on stone, surrounded by tile mosaics. Two similar golden discs adorn either side of the mihrab, framed by geometric compositions. Above the mihrab are three windows with painted wooden fra...

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